The organised labour have vowed to fight “unfair labour practices” being meted out on workers at the Nycil Nigeria Limited, Sango Ota, Ogun, by the management.
The labour union leaders, who made this known in a statement on Friday, have expressed worry over the company’s plan to sack the workers without recourse to industrial relations law of the country.
The unions are the National Union of Chemical Footwear Rubber Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employees (NUCFRLANMPE) and Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (CANMPSSAN).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workers have being picketing the company since June 29, following lockout by the management.
The President of NUCFRLANMPE, Mr Goke Olatunji, said that the union now had the assurance of the labour centres for the total shutdown of the company until the management follow due process.
“The management has further worsen the crisis by putting up a notice at the gate that the workers should stay away until the management contact them, where is that applicable in law?
“They were still at work until June 27, no information or whatsoever; only for them to resume work on June 29 and the gate was locked; quite unreasonable,” he said.
Olatunji said, however, that the workers would not vacate the premises until their rights were granted, even if the company would fold up.
He said “We know it is a ploy by the management to sack workers without any negotiation; moreso when it has failed to negotiate with the union based on collective and procedural agreement”.
Also, the President, CANMPSSAN, Mr Segun David, expressed displeasure over the failure of the government to fulfill its mediatory role.
David said that the company had no reason to sack as it had continued to produce even during the lockdown, exposing workers to risk and in spite of that, failed to pay them their entitlement.
“That will have amounted to maltreating the workers to lose out on all their benefits.
“It is unfortunate that as much as Federal Government is working to save Nigeria from COVID-19, the company is trying to further endanger the workers to live through undue exposure and suffering.
“Among all our members, Nycil is the worst in terms of welfare, these workers have to sacrifice their leave bonus, work over time without pay, ” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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